This is probably not the best idea for a thread, but feel free to post away.
I’m guessing that PvE ship loss usually comes down to bad planning and/or inattentiveness. Sometimes it might be luck. Yesterday, I lost my first non-tutorial ship doing “Burning Down the Hive”. My Coercer was in the second room with all the scram and web drones, and when I first landed there, it seemed I could just burn to the acceleration gate and be off. Before any of the drones had begun locking me, I got up to scold my cats, and ten seconds later I’m back at my seat, Coercer already down to 50% armor and webbed to a standstill. Focus firing the scram drone did little when I could not pull range, and the repper was a joke to the incoming damage. Boom. 38 jumps and 10M later, I was back to get revenge, but even after finishing the room, I had to dock for repairs before completing the mission.
Moral of the story: let your cats misbehave.
If anyone else is feeling particularly silly after losing a mission ship to bad choices, I’d be happy to commiserate via internet.